Hatch, all senators vote to cut off Obamacare, extend government funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, Sen. Orrin Hatch issued the following statement after all 100 senators voted to proceed to House-passed legislation to fund the government through Dec. 15, while defunding Obamacare:

“The people of Utah do not want Obamacare, a government takeover of health care that will increase families’ health care costs, put bureaucrats between patients and their doctors, push people out of the health care they have and raise taxes on everyone. Today, every member of the Senate rightly voted to move to legislation passed by the House of Representatives to not only fund the government, but also to defund the president’s signature achievement that the American people oppose. Now it’s up to the political party of the president to decide whose side they are on: The side of the people they represent or the side of the president who’ll do whatever it takes to protect Obamacare.”

Hatch opposed the president’s health care system long before it was signed into law. He has voted at least 23 times to repeal, defund or dismantle Obamacare. He has introduced legislation repealing the individual insurance mandate, the employer mandate, the health insurance tax and the medical device tax.

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5 Comments

  • DoubleTap September 26, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Sure was nice of you to show up in support of Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Time for you to retire.

  • Ron September 26, 2013 at 11:33 am

    You’ve got your insurance coverage. Right, Senator Hatch? So who cares if other have to go without? Maybe you should stop wasting time and start working to provide opportunities for ALL Americans, not just the wealthy. Or maybe, as Double Tap says, it’s time for you to retire.

  • Pheo September 26, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Your headline is ridiculous. One hundred senators did not vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They voted to take up the house legislation that currently defunds Obamacare. That provision will certainly be stripped out by the Democratic majority and even if it did make it into the Senate version, the president would veto the bill. There is zero chance of congress successfully defunding Obamacare.

    That said, the Republicans are threatening a government shutdown over the issue. They are going to crash the car into the ditch if they don’t get their way. They are contemplating reneging on paying back debt on money we have already borrowed and spent. If they want to decrease government spending, fine. But don’t make us default on debt we have already incurred. The damage to our country’s credibility and credit rating will cost much more than any hypothetical damage Obamacare will cause.

  • Tom September 26, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Recall the old fossil. He listens to his own spin voices in his head and attributes it to the voices of “the American People”. He hasn’t heard or listened to the voices of “the American People” in 40 years. He has sold his political and moral soul to the tea … crazies with Mike Lee as his pimp.
    Ed. ellipsis.

  • ray holt September 26, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    first of all, this legislation was passed into LAW. Then it was UPHELD by the supreme court. The republicans had their chance and blew it. They have tried to stop this over 40 times at great expense and now they are holding this country hostage by attaching to the government funding bill. I hope the government comes to a screeching halt and all America will see who is to blame and those mid-term elections will be very interesting to watch.

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